I have never done this before. I have never turned to the blogosphere for help, but sometimes a woman’s gotta do what a woman’s gotta do.
I have put together a lovely little slide show about this school year for my class. I have only two more half days with this fifth grade class before they leave me in the dust and move on to greener pastures. I am feeling very emotional, more than a little bit clingy, and kind of just burned out.
Once again, it seems, I am being left behind by those who I helped to launch.
This is not an unusual event: at the end of every school year, the teacher has to say goodbye to the kids who have kept her awake and alert for ten months. But this year, I have been made aware (by the children and also by their disgustingly young and hip parents and my ridiculously, laughingly young and immature colleagues) that I have literally no idea of what is in style right now.
Of course, even at my best, in the laid back “what is fashion anyway” seventys, I managed to miss every musical, artistic, fashion and food trend that came along. I seem to be allergic to pop culture. Try as I might, I cannot seem to grasp which songs/colors/foods/books/tv shows/shoe styles/movies are popular at any given moment.
So. Here is my dilemma, and here is my question for you, my blogging friends and companions.
What song should I put in the background of my slideshow for 25 upper middle class eleven year old kids? My first thought was “Forever Young” by Joan Baez, but I played “Circle Games” by her today and they couldn’t stop laughing over her “weird” voice.
I thought of “See you in September”, or “Friends” by Bette Midler, but they both feel, well, really out of date. I thought about “Bobby Jean” by Bruce, but I don’t think the parents of these very sheltered kids would approve.
“In My Life” by the Beatles? Too serious.
“Summertime” from Porgy and Bess? …….Dude, seriously?
I am out of ideas. So I have come to you.
I have about 36 hours to pull this off and put it all together. Please, all you young, hip, up to date yet mature types out there. What song should I put in the slideshow?